https://spectator.sme.sk/r/25/politics-and-society/atomSpectator.sme.sk - The Slovak Spectator1970-01-01T01:00:00ZSlovakia's English-language newspaper covering politics, business, culture, sport and opinion -- with real time news updates.Petit Press, a.s.rss_contact_emailhttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20874375/appellate-court-rejects-prosecutors-complaint-concerning-ex-smer-mp.htmlAppellate court rejects prosecutor’s complaint concerning ex-Smer MP2018-07-20T06:33:05ZThe higher-instance court confirmed that an ex-official of the Smer ruling party (who rose to fame thanks to the testimony of his wife describing how he packed corrupt cash in alu-foil) did not abuse his wife or daughter.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20874467/the-east-continues-its-fight-against-measles.htmlThe east continues its fight against measles2018-07-20T06:27:54ZThe infection remains within the Michalovce district, authorities say.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20874003/alcohol-consumption-in-slovakia-drops.htmlAlcohol consumption in Slovakia drops2018-07-19T14:32:16ZWhile Slovaks drink less liquor and wine, they appreciate beer.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20873992/heavy-rains-flood-the-tatras.htmlHeavy rains flood the Tatras2018-07-19T14:29:59ZPeople had to be evacuated and several hiking routes had to be closed.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20874130/top-3-news-from-last-week-in-slovakia.htmlTop 3 news from Last Week in Slovakia2018-07-19T14:07:49ZSlovakia to buy 14 American fighter jets.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20873618/government-has-no-plans-to-officially-commemorate-the-victims-of-the-1968-invasion-of-czechoslovakia.htmlGovernment has no plans to officially commemorate the victims of the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia2018-07-19T10:08:27ZPresidents of the Slovak and Czech Republics will take a train ride to mark the founding of the Czechoslovak State.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20873826/last-week-in-slovakia-people-marched-for-lgbti-rights-in-bratislava.htmlLast Week in Slovakia: People marched for LGBTI rights in Bratislava2018-07-19T09:29:41ZListen to all the headlines from The Slovak Spectator's news podcast.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20873684/northern-slovakia-faces-risk-of-floods-from-intense-rain.htmlNorthern Slovakia faces risk of floods from intense rain2018-07-18T22:42:32ZMeteorologists are issuing a second-degree flood warning due to the continuous rain.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20872158/construction-of-underground-roundabout-changes-traffic-flow-on-bratislavas-mlynske-nivy.htmlConstruction of underground roundabout changes traffic flow on Bratislava’s Mlynské Nivy2018-07-17T17:19:27ZMlynské Nivy Street will be transformed into a modern boulevard by the autumn of 2019.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20872441/sabinov-roma-were-discriminated-against-regional-court-rules.htmlSabinov Roma were discriminated against, regional court rules2018-07-17T14:15:18ZWhen moving the inhabitants of a dilapidated block of flats downtown, the Sabinov authorities ignored the factual state and moved all Roma to a segregated, distant locality while non-Roma received replacement accommodation elsewhere.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20872374/gp-mistakes-have-slowed-down-the-investigation-of-journalists-murder.htmlGP: Mistakes have slowed down the investigation of journalist’s murder2018-07-17T13:58:52ZThe General Prosecutor admitted that mistakes made in the early stage of investigating the case of the murdered reporter Ján Kuciak and his fiancée have complicated its start and slowed down the course of action. He also announced that the special prosecutor is free inform the public on the case.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20872013/she-has-been-writing-the-same-letter-for-20-years-stop-the-war.htmlShe has been writing the same letter for 20 years: Stop the War2018-07-17T09:53:26ZVlasta Novotná's letters of peace have received answers from Fidel Castro, the White House, and the French President’s Office.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20871943/prosecution-has-found-errancies-in-criminal-files-related-to-self-employed-farmers.htmlProsecution has found errancies in criminal files related to self-employed farmers2018-07-16T22:02:56ZGeneral prosecutor feels that some prosecutors in the east of Slovakia follow their own conscience and opinion and not valid legislation.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20871614/health-ministry-plans-thorough-reform-of-hospitals.htmlHealth Ministry plans thorough reform of hospitals2018-07-16T15:04:27Z"Responsible government must reform. If we want better health care in a few years, we must start today," says PM.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20871632/homophobic-banners-attributed-to-jan-mrva-give-rise-to-criminal-complaint.htmlHomophobic banners attributed to Ján Mrva give rise to criminal complaint2018-07-16T15:02:05ZThe Bratislava Mayoral candidate denies being behind the banners but has not condemned the contents argues NGO.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20870607/people-marched-for-lgbti-rights-in-bratislava.htmlPeople marched for LGBTI rights in Bratislava2018-07-14T15:17:38ZTake a look at the Bratislava Rainbow Pride 2018 that took place on Saturday, July 14.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20869176/slovakia-to-buy-f-16-fighter-jets-what-is-wrong-with-the-ministrys-analysis.htmlSlovakia to buy F-16 fighter jets. What is wrong with the ministry's analysis?2018-07-12T23:35:34ZThe Defence Ministry persuaded the government that the American offer is better than the Swedish, but analysts are not convinced.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20869518/number-of-personal-bankruptcies-keeps-growing.htmlNumber of personal bankruptcies keeps growing2018-07-12T21:48:02ZAmendment to the law has simplified the procedure.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20868984/meales-might-spread-further-west.htmlMeasles might spread further west2018-07-12T15:12:17ZPolice will assist the vaccination in communities from where the epidemic spread.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20869061/the-iris-senior-home-should-have-been-closed-down-long-ago.htmlThe Iris senior home should have been closed down long ago2018-07-12T13:24:16ZThe senior home in downtown Bratislava had financial problems, failing to receive a state subsidy; but only recent publicity revealed that instead of qualified emplyees, a cook and a cleaning lady treated the clients with medicaments.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20868687/cabinet-approved-purchase-of-14-us-f-16s.htmlCabinet approved purchase of 14 US F-16s2018-07-11T22:40:53ZOpposition MPs suggest the fighter jets were not purchased in a transparent manner.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20867982/state-of-emergency-declared-in-michalovce-over-measles-epidemic.htmlState of emergency declared in Michalovce over measles epidemic2018-07-11T13:12:56ZThere are no free beds in the local hospital any morehttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20864069/first-slovak-lgbti-activist-has-fought-for-40-years.htmlFirst Slovak LGBTI activist has fought for 40 years2018-07-11T06:30:00ZCzechoslovakia was one of the first countries to say homosexuality is not a crime, also thanks to the first activists like Imrich Matyáš.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20867858/police-launch-investigation-into-blackmailing-of-a-journalist.htmlPolice launch investigation into blackmailing of a journalist2018-07-10T23:23:36ZAn investigative reporter for Sme Daily, who focused on the dubious transfer of the Technopol company, was threatened by Marián Kočner.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20867285/law-firm-files-a-criminal-complaint-over-newspaper-article.htmlLaw firm files a criminal complaint over newspaper article2018-07-10T16:12:33ZMichal Havran should hope he will only suffer punishment from the state and not God’s punishment, the firm says.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20867229/the-public-procurement-office-finds-flaws-in-catering-tender-interior-ministry-sues-it.htmlThe Public Procurement Office finds flaws in catering tender, Interior Ministry sues it2018-07-10T14:18:19ZThe office confirmed non-transparent purchases.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20867471/rainbow-pride-spills-into-the-bratislava-streets-coinciding-with-a-march-for-family-values.htmlRainbow Pride spills into the Bratislava streets, coinciding with a march for family2018-07-10T14:11:06ZSlovak politicians react turbulently to this LGBTI event: the coalition's SNS calls on state representatives and diplomats not to express their approval, while opposition SaS calls on Christian activists to join forces and organise a joint event.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20867244/court-allowed-the-release-of-gang-leader-borza.htmlCourt allowed the release of gang leader Borža2018-07-10T14:04:09ZAfter 18 years, former leader of a Košice-based gang could leave prison on parole. However, the prosecutor has appealed this decision.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20866879/slovakia-will-hold-municipal-elections-on-november-10.htmlSlovakia will hold municipal elections on November 102018-07-09T22:15:56ZAs well as locals, foreigners with permanent residence in Slovakia can vote for mayors and councillors in the municipalities in which they live.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20867081/man-who-sent-envelopes-containing-radioactive-material-to-courts-given-life-sentence.htmlMan who sent envelopes containing radioactive material to courts given life sentence2018-07-09T22:00:27ZHe was convicted of the particularly serious crime of terrorism.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20866577/businessman-killed-in-civilian-helicopter-crash-near-presov.htmlBusinessman killed in civilian helicopter crash near Prešov2018-07-09T14:23:09ZThousands of households and businesses left without electric power in the aftermath.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20864609/archbishop-our-society-longs-for-the-truth.htmlArchbishop: Our society longs for the truth2018-07-06T07:44:57ZThousands of believers gathered for the traditional pilgrimage marking the St Cyril and Methodius Day in Nitra.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20864333/extremist-mp-mizik-acquitted-by-court-in-defamatory-status-case.htmlExtremist MP Mizík acquitted by court in defamatory status case2018-07-05T12:00:00ZStanislav Mizík of ĽSNS faces a charge for defamatory Facebook status.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20864305/young-slovaks-want-to-study-abroad.htmlYoung Slovaks want to study abroad2018-07-05T09:30:00ZEven those who decided to study in Slovakia would prefer to go to a foreign university.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20864264/the-first-slovak-politician-to-publicly-come-out-says-that-today-it-would-be-more-difficult.htmlThe first Slovak politician to publicly "come out" says that today it would be more difficult2018-07-05T08:41:20ZRainbow flags annoy the SNS party.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20863231/teachers-should-not-get-more-money-slovaks-opined.htmlTeachers should not get more money, Slovaks opined2018-07-04T18:40:11ZSlovaks value teaching profession a lot, but they would not pay them more for their work.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20863626/slovaks-have-discovered-podcasting.htmlSlovaks have discovered podcasting2018-07-04T18:22:11ZThe format is still fresh and new for the audience. Slovakia is experiencing a boom in podcasts.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20857403/smoke-remains-in-lungs-of-slovaks.htmlSmoke remains in lungs of Slovaks2018-07-04T15:20:31ZBut smokers are not changing tobacco for new, healthier nicotine products yet.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20863853/the-number-of-measles-cases-in-eastern-slovakia-exceeds-100.htmlThe number of measles cases in eastern Slovakia exceeds 1002018-07-04T15:17:26ZThe biggest epidemic of this disease in the past two decades has stricken 18 municipalities, with anti-epidemic measures appearing to fail.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20863693/football-manager-charged-with-extremism-may-circumvent-punishment.htmlFootball manager charged with extremism may circumvent punishment2018-07-04T11:28:32ZSlovak football has long history of racism displays and unethical behaviour.